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The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

Friday, June 1, 2012

The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. But global climate change is not something new in the Earth’s history.

No one will know this better than less-than-ordinary Owen Parker, who is about to discover that he is the descendant of a highly advanced ancient race—a race that took their technology too far and almost destroyed the Earth in the process.

Now it is Owen’s turn to make right in his world what went wrong thousands of years ago. If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry…and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.

Goodreads Summary

Another dystopian novel?  Author Kevin Emerson created a standalone novel in the popular dystopian genre.  The reader is introduced to Owen, a slightly nerdy and funny young teen at a camp.  Owen isn't at just any camp, however, the camp represents one of the only remaining habitable places on Earth.  Earth has been ravaged by humans; the ozone layer has broken down and the fresh water is rapidly evaporating.  Owen and his fellow campers are told that their small corner of the world is doing well, but Owen and a few of his "kind" believe there might be a deeper story.

Owen isn't the most popular boy at camp.  He is regularly bullied by a few of the "cryo" children and their followers.  The cryo children were frozen at the start of the ozone layer's breakdown by their families in a bid to save them.  The reader will admire Owen's ability to stand up for himself and find his footing even when the reader knows many would cower.  The other characters are fun to get to know, the author does a great job of developing many of the secondary characters.  Owen's love interest, Lilly, is suspicious, intelligent, and somewhat mercurial in her moods.  The reader will be rooting for the two throughout the novel. 

With a plot as edgy and compelling as this, Emerson will capture and hold the readers' attention throughout the book.  The reader will look forward to getting to know Owen and many of the other characters better and discovering the mystery behind the camp the characters inhabit.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. Suz Reads said...:

    Great post! I love dystopian books and this one looks original. I like that it has a character that deals with bullying since that is such a current topic! Thanks for the info!

  1. Another great book I can't wait to get my hands on!!!!

  1. The few book I have read that involve cryo chambers or people being frozen have been great. I really love this idea so I will try any book that involves this idea.

  1. Jana said...:

    I'm really excited for this one, but I'd been hearing mixed reviews. I'm glad you liked it! Oh, and just so you know, this is not a standalone novel. I love when I find out a book I really enjoyed actually is part of a series, so I can continue on with it in the future!

  1. This sounds like a good read. I have this on my long TBR list.

  1. This one, for me, seems to be one of the scarier scenarios in the dystopian genre. These are problems that we could definitely be faced with on a grander scale than we already face. The story itself seems really interesting. Very adventurous, which is never a bad thing. And, unless my eyes have deceived me, NO LOVE TRIANGLE! My only complaint, having not read the book, is the cover. It just doesn't do it for me. Oh well, can't win them all. Woohoo! Thanks for the review!

  1. VB said...:

    This one was one of my least favorites. :/

  1. Steph said...:

    Great review! I've been hesitating on whether I want to read this one or not. After your thoughts, I think I might give it a shot!

  1. I've been wanting to read this novel for a while but I forgot about it. Anyways, your review helped me to remember and get excited about this book again, so thanks! :)

  1. I love male POVs. Owen sounds like a smart and strong guy. Sounds interesting with the earth being ravaged by humans and the ozone layer breaking. Crazy!

  1. I have been seeing some mixed reviews on this one but I do love dystopian! I may just give it a shot. Thanks for the review! :)